Cruising State Of Mind

As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Port Canaveral, Florida, just a hop and a skip down from the enormous cruise ship terminal housed here. In celebration of our wedding anniversary, which Trish posted about so brilliantly yesterday, my husband and I decided to go on a cruise. Our second cruise and the first one all by ourselves.

royal-caribbean-freedom-of-the-seas2Once upon a time, we did not believe we were “cruise people.” I know “cruise people” and I was sure I did not share their interests. Plus, I get seasick. Really seasick. And not just seasick, but all kinds of motion sick. I don’t like rides that spin (though I like roller coasters) and I really need to ride in the front of the car. Or better yet, do the driving myself! SO, having never been on a cruise, I decided out of hand that nothing involving me being on a ship at sea for days on end could possibly be a good idea, much less FUN.

Then a dear friend decided she was getting married while on a cruise and she invited me and my husband to come along and be part of the fun. Yes, FUN. I loaded up on less-drowsy Dramamine and signed us up. We ended up having a great time! Even though we ran into some rough seas in the Gulf of Mexico, but I managed without the Dramamine. We enjoyed the excursions we took in port, the activities on the ship, the lazy days at sea, the almost-constant supply of food and drink on demand, and having a porter fold towels into animal shapes for us each evening. Everything about the trip was a delight!

Fast forward 8 years. The DH and I were talking about vacations earlier this year and he got a bit fixated on taking a cruise. I get e-mails from a travel agency that specializes in great cruise deals and one day, the stars aligned. We had the chance to take a 7-night cruise from the port we wanted (Port Canaveral) for the itinerary we wanted (the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands), all at a super bargain price. Not only that, but we got a much nicer cabin than we had on our first trip that has a window and everything. We are so excited!

So here we are, waiting impatiently for tomorrow to set sail. I never would have dreamed that we would turn into “cruise people,” but we totally have!

How about you? Are you a “cruise person” or would you like to give it a try? If you could cruise into any port, where would you go? (I would love to cruise the Mediterranean someday!) And if you are not a “cruise person,” what would convince you to try a cruise? Maybe a Romance Bandits cruise? 😀

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  • Caren Crane says:

    Sorry, guys. Our hotel has a very weak WiFi signal down on our end of the building. I kept telling it this a BLOG post, but it wouldn’t save it. So it got published…somewhere, but I have no idea where! Eight hours ago. Grr.

    So…the Golden Rooster is still up for grabs!

  • Caren, I’ve heard great things about cruises, and of ourse Auntie Cindy loves them. I’ve never taken one but would like to someday. I’m not sure the dh shares this interest, though. I have gotten him as far as considering one of those European river tours. I would like to go to the Netherlands during tulip season.

    For an ocean cruise, I’d like to see the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. I love ancient history and am also interested in Jamaica and its pirate history. And I’d like to island-hop in Hawaii.

    • Forgot to say I hope you and the dh have a fabbo anniversary trip!

    • Caren Crane says:

      Nancy, I confess I get the brochures from Viking, who do the European river cruises. I would love to go and Ron is on board (except for the expense). I would really love to take my mother, so I’m hoping for a big cash windfall someday!

      Mama has never been to Europe (and I’ve only been to Switzerland), so I think a cruise from, say, Holland to the Czech Republic would be just the thing! I hope you can talk the DH into it. Those cruises always sound amazing!

      I also hope you get to Jamaica one day. Me, too, since I’ve never been there!

      • Yeah, there’s that pesky cost issue. :-/

        That sounds like a great trip, though, Holland to the Czech Republic. I hear Budapest (which I do realize is in Hungary) is a great place to visit. We get those Viking brochures, too. They just started showing up. I think my odds are better there than with the ocean, at least where the easily sunburned dh is concerned.

  • Shannon says:

    It’s amazing how dependent we are on Wi-Fi. I can remember the days of ethernet cables. And yes, I would forget the things. Walmart kindly provided one at a reasonable price. I don’t think laptops today even have a port for those.

    I’m an activity vacation person, so I tend to like river cruises where there are usually a daily or twice daily stop. It’s about the right mix of rest, food, and stimulation. I loved my Nile River Cruise. I’m also into day cruises–I’ve done the Mount Vernon-Potomac Rover, the Rappahannock River, and the James River day cruises.

    Enjoy your trip!

    • Shannon, the dh also likes activity on a vacation, and I prefer going to see things to just watching scenery slide past–which is why taking a transcontinental train trip for no other reason than going doesn’t appeal to me. I want to investigate some of the things I see.

      Those US (Virginia?) cruises you mentioned sound like a lot of fun. I’ve driven past Mt. vernon but never actually visited it.

      • Caren Crane says:

        Nancy, I am so greedy, I want to do both! I would love to take the train journey and watch the scenery unfold, but then I would want to go back and really see everything. Plus, the DH would have to read ALL the plaques. I mean all of them! He’s tough to go to a museum with. 🙂

      • Shannon says:

        Mt. Vernon is one of those places that you can breeze through in an hour or spend a whole day. But it is pricey for an hour visit. The day long visit allow you time to figure out the tours of specific things–the house, outbuilding, gardens, etc. The docents (yes, I know one) are fabulous.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Shannon, you and Nancy now have me craving a river cruise! I love how many opportunities there are for tours of really gorgeous historic sites. Really interested in the ones that go by all the gorgeous castles!

    And, yes, day cruises are great (though I seriously need the Dramamine for most of those!). We have done a few and really enjoyed them.

    I plan to have all the fun. I am ignoring the cold I developed a few days ago and taking lots of drugs!

  • Rae Latte says:

    Bummer about the wifi! I hope you and your DH have a wonderful time! Sounds so exciting. If I could go on a cruise I’d probably do an Alaskan cruise or Mediterranean cruise!

    Not sure I could go on a boat without a window in the room. I know plenty of people that do it all the time. I just have this need to see what is going on outside 🙂

    My DH as of now isn’t ready to get on a cruise ship so perhaps a Bandit cruise would be a start 😉

  • Helen says:


    We love cruising we are leaving on a 2 week cruise to New Zealand this Friday and it will be our 3rd cruise and I agree with all you have said about them they are the best holiday and the one I want to do most is the Alaskan cruise maybe one day we will do that one and way to go for a Romance Bandits cruise what a great time we would all have.

    Enjoy 🙂

    Have Fun

  • catslady says:

    I’ve had some lovely vacations but our one cruise was always my favorite. I loved that you could either do a lot or nothing at all. The dinners were fantastic and you didn’t have to pack and repack. So you had foreign lands when you wanted them but the safety of the boat and conveniences. It’s been probably 40 years since we’ve gone and I here there is even so much more now. Maybe some day we’ll get another chance. I hope you have a wonderful time!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Happy Anniversarg Caren.

    We tokk a cruise for our 15th anniversary and we fell in love.
    I always knew I’d love a criise, I love the water, the sand, the sun, boats of any sort, I am so there. Hubby on the other NEVER wanted to go to Florida, for any reason, even though I went often since my mother lived there. He doesn’t like the sand or sun, and isn’t a big watef person. In other words the comllete opposite of me.

    WE HAD A BLAST! It is the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. We were just talking about it the other day, and how it is time to go again.

  • So excited for you, Caren! I know you’ll have a wonderful time. I’ve never taken a cruise, but I think I would like it. I’ve always wanted to do one of those Romance Writer cruises. I would also love to do the Rhine River Cruise. I’ve seen quite a bit of Germany, an a great many of the castles, but I think it would be lovely to see them all from the river. I’d love to do a Mediterranean cruise too, because I want to visit Greece and Italy.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Caren,
    I’ve been on a couple of Carnival cruises. They were short, but fun. I’m hoping to go on a Mediterranean cruise with stops in Petra, Istanbul, Venice, Monte Carlo, Florence.

  • Caren, firstly, bon voyage! Have a wonderful time!

    I’ve only ever been on one cruise and it’s the best author perk I’ve ever had. P&O down here wanted some authors to speak to passengers as part of the onboard entertainment so I got a free cruise to New Zealand where I’d never been but which I loved to death. I’d definitely do another cruise. I’ve always wanted to do one of those European river cruises. Smaller boats and a lovely, relaxed way to travel. Some of my friends have done a few of those and say they’re absolutely addictive.

  • Deb says:

    Happy Cruising, Caren!
    I have been on many upper Mississippi paddleboat day cruises; some were two hours, others were longer dinner cruises. I am not sure I would like a week-long cruise; maybe….
    My husband has been on many cruises and been in ports of the world from Norway to Jerusalem to Cairo to Monte Carlo to the Virgin Islands. He was in the Navy on an aircraft carrier. 🙂